Baby Brennen was 1 month old yesterday! Pezza is QUITE pleased with being an Auntie of course!
How fun is it to dress babies in ridiculous outfits?!??! Little monster behbeh!!! Auntie Pez also babysits:
And then there is this face - HOW much trouble are those parents in with this kid...???
Ok enough with the baby shenanigans - ON with the crafting!
A good friend of mine had a birthday yesterday. A group of us got together and took her out to lunch. I love making cards but decided some time ago I would only make cards I will USE so none of the crazy embellished shenanigans I used to make! Birthday cards & tags are tops on my list and this seemed like just the right moment for something quick & easy but with lots of glamour - Twinks to the rescue! Not familiar with Twinks? Twinks refers to Twinkling H2Os - little pots of hard-cake watercolor paint that packs loads of color (pigment) and tons of shimmer & sparkle (mica.)
I was pressed for time so I wanted to do something clean & simple (CAS) - I love the way watercolor washes look on cards, particularly the shimmer of Twinkling H2O watercolors. I grabbed 2 of them and added a bit of water and let it sit while I made some coffee and threw in some laundry. It takes a bit of time for the water to "soak into" the hard cakes and turn them into a painty consistency. I like to use them when the wet paint is about the consistency of honey.
I cut a piece of watercolor paper to fit the front of my card. If you use regular cardstock it is likely to warp a bit which does not look as good. I chose this cute solid candle stamp and used a pencil to very lightly marked off a rectangle area that would fit the stamp.
I began by wetting my brush and making some swashes of water where I would be putting my color. then I added the Twinks. The thicker the paint the more color AND sparkle it will have. Once it was completely dry I stamped my image on top. The Twinks can be somewhat slick so be sure to let the ink dry for a few minutes. A simple sentiment at the top diagonally balances it out just right. I edged it with Tsukineko Brilliance ink.
I was inspired by the following challenges:
- Splitcoast Stampers - Color Challenge & CAS challenge
- Card Mania - Make It Sparkle